Indian women batting stars Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur registered half-centuries for their respective teams in winning causes in the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League in Australia.
Mandhana, who had started her WBBL with a duck, hit a brilliant 69 for Hobart Hurricanes against Melbourne Stars on Sunday (Dec 9). She also added 98 runs with Hayley Mathews (42), helping Hurricanes put up 196/6. Hurricanes then bowled out Stars for 124 runs and won the match by 72 runs.
Mandhana’s fifty was the third fastest fifty of the tournament history.
On the other hand, Harmanpreet Kaur scored a 26-ball 56 as Sydney Thunder posted 192/4. They were helped by an 89-run opening stand between Rachel Priest (49) and Rachel Haynes (36). Kaur hit three sixes and six fours during her stay at the crease and combined well with Alex Blackwell who scored an 18-ball 33 to propel them to a par total on the deck.
Sydney Thunder won the match by 28 runs.